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Hyderabad: 2007 Mecca Masjid blast survivor among those injured on Thursday

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Feb 22, 2013 at 12:48pm IST

Hyderabad: The death toll in Hyderabad twin blasts climbed to 15 on Friday and 118 people have been left injured, some of them critical. Most of the victims are now being discharged from various hospitals depending on the severity of their wounds.

One of the faces of the tragedy is Abdul Wasif Mirza. Mirza lost one of his legs in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast in Hyderabad and was injured again in Thursday's twin blasts. The survivor's father Shahid Mirza said, "He was operated upon last night and all foreign bodies were removed. He is under observation now. In 2007 he was injured in the Mecca Masjid blasts. That time I didn't think he would survive, but he did. I have full faith in the government and the judiciary system. I know the culprits will be caught."

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Meanwhile, five members of a single family including a three-year-old were left injured. Three-year-old Anil was one of those hit by shrapnel from the blast. He is part of a seven-member family, all of whom were seriously injured.

There's no stopping the tears even though Anil is one of the luckier ones, having got away with injuries to his right arm. 25-year-old Ravinder who was part of the party has lost one leg. The rest of the members of the family have all been injured.

One of the elderly men from the family, who was left injured on Thursday evening said, "Seven people in my family have been injured in the blast. We were all set to leave on a bus and talking when we we felt the blast. Next thing I knew they were all lying in different corners. There was smoke all over. My son-in-law's leg has been chopped off."

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